Best Quotes from George Bernard Shaw

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

George Bernard Shaw

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.

George Bernard Shaw

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

George Bernard Shaw

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

George Bernard Shaw

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.

George Bernard Shaw

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

George Bernard Shaw

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.

George Bernard Shaw

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.

George Bernard Shaw

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.

George Bernard Shaw

You cannot be a hero without being a coward.

George Bernard Shaw

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

George Bernard Shaw

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

George Bernard Shaw

A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.

George Bernard Shaw

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.

George Bernard Shaw

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.

George Bernard Shaw

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.

George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

George Bernard Shaw

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

George Bernard Shaw

The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life.

George Bernard Shaw

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.

George Bernard Shaw

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

George Bernard Shaw

Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.

George Bernard Shaw

Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.

George Bernard Shaw

Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.

George Bernard Shaw

Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English.

George Bernard Shaw

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.

George Bernard Shaw

I’m an atheist and I thank God for it.

George Bernard Shaw

The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.

George Bernard Shaw

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.

George Bernard Shaw

Do not do unto others as you expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.

George Bernard Shaw

Socialism, reduced to its simplest legal and practical expression, means the complete discarding of the institution of private property by transforming it into public property, and the division of the resultant public income equally and indiscriminately among the entire population.

George Bernard Shaw

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

George Bernard Shaw

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

George Bernard Shaw

You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’

George Bernard Shaw

The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.

George Bernard Shaw

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.

George Bernard Shaw

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.

George Bernard Shaw

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.

George Bernard Shaw

I have to live for others and not for myself: that’s middle-class morality.

George Bernard Shaw

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.

George Bernard Shaw

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.

George Bernard Shaw

The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.

George Bernard Shaw

The frontier between hell and heaven is only the difference between two ways of looking at things.

George Bernard Shaw

A statesman who confines himself to popular legislation – or, for the matter of that, a playwright who confines himself to popular plays – is like a blind man’s dog who goes wherever the blind man pulls him, on the ground that both of them want to go to the same place.

George Bernard Shaw

Property is organized robbery.

George Bernard Shaw

You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub.

George Bernard Shaw

Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.

George Bernard Shaw

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

George Bernard Shaw